It started out pretty interesting, but degenerated into a less than average police novel. Anyone can envision an interesting premise, but what makes a good author is the ability to follow through with a good and interesting story...unfortunately, this one did not meet my expectations.
The narrator was fine.
Not really. I did finish it, but was wishing it was over for quite some time before it was.
No. The information was interesting, but way too detailed. Could be vastly improved by being abridged,
Ok, but her voice went up and down, and I could not catch everything she was saying
The story itself was not too bad, but told in a very unappealing way. The hero had a very hard time in the raft and in prison camp, but the telling was extremely repetitious. How many times can you hear that he (and the other prisoners) got dysentery and then it got bad and then it got worse? Just awful... I will watch the movie, because it may be better without all the repetition.
I like the characters. The story seemed a bit implausible to me, but i did listen to the whole thing. The reading by Ron Keith was unfortunate.
I like Inspector Banks, and the other main characters. The story was a bit implausible and disappointing after having read his prior book, The Dry Season, which i thought was very good. I am not sure, however, how much of the difference was because I read the first book, while Ron Keith read this one to me. Banks is supposed to be a good looking man in his forties, but Keith made him sound like a rather clownish 50 something. I liked Banks a lot in the first book, but really did not like him so much in this book, in large part because he sounded very much like John Cleese in Fawlty Towers, rather than the very good detective that the author had intended him to be. I liked my Banks much better.
I have not heard Keith read anything before, so he might have been a much better reader of another book, but he really made Banks sound clownish and much older than he was supposed to be.
No, it was a standalone story.
WW1 History was the most interesting - Follett's rather liberal take on everything turned me off.
Interminable...actually living through the war would've seemed to take less time...
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